2006 Subaru Forester XT

At a Glance

Pricing $21,795 - $28,695
Drive Types AWD
Engines 2.5l H4 T
Transmissions A4, M5
Fuel Economy 20-23 (city), 26-29 (highway)

As an affordable AWD tall wagon, the Forester was alone in that category for years. Although Subaru touts its high ground clearance, the Forester really isn't an SUV. It is roomy enough for a small family, and the standard AWD adds an extra measure of security. Roof rails allow the Forester to carry up to 150 lbs. The standard 173-bhp 2.5L flat-4 is available with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. Enthusiasts looking for an innocuous sport wagon should pick the 2.5XT, which is equipped with a 230-bhp turbo version of the base engine, and offers the same transmission choices.

What Changed:

Updated Forester gets new front end styling and more horsepower. Addition of variable valve lift technology boosts the base engines power to 173 hp from 165hp. The already quick Turbo models get a 20hp boost to 230hp. The gearing, suspsensions, and ride heights have also been tweaked.

Model/Trim/Package Engine Original MSRP
Forester 2.5X 2.5l H4 T (173-bhp) M5 AWD $21,795
Forester 2.5X 2.5l H4 T (173-bhp) A4 AWD $22,595
Forester 2.5XT 2.5l H4 T (230-bhp) A4 AWD $28,695
Forester 2.5XT 2.5l H4 T (230-bhp) M5 AWD $27,895